Prediction of Major Bleeding in ELBW-infants (<1000g) by Sequential Coagulation Monitoring
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
|Official Title:||Prediction of Major Bleeding in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants (<1000g) by Sequential Coagulation Monitoring|
- major bleeding [ Time Frame: 30 days ]pulmonary bleeding, intraventricular hemorrhage
- mortality [ Time Frame: 30 days ]
|Study Start Date:||October 2013|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2016|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
infants will receive sequential coagulation checks
The investigators plan to draw 10μL blood (i.e. approximately 1/5000 of the blood volume of an ELBW infant) within the scope of routine blood sampling. Thus, the number of blood samples will be variable. A cumulative sample volume for the whole study period will not exceed 300μL.
It was recently reported that "early", i.e. in the first 48h of life, coagulation screening may identify infants at risk of severe IVH. Unfortunately, in the past screening for coagulation abnormalities and correction of haemostatic defects by prothrombin complex concentrate, cryoprecipitate or platelet concentrates) and fresh frozen plasma (FFP) had limited effects in preterm infants. This could have been due to the short duration of action, incomplete restoration of coagulation or the water and osmotic load associated with FFP administration. However recently, using a coagulopathy screening strategy (one blood sample within the first 2h after birth) and substitution with FFP decreased the risk of developing IVH in infants born at 23 to 26 weeks of gestation. Recombinant Factor VII (rFVII) provides a new therapeutic option to overcome FFP associated side effects. Small trials, including infants with pulmonary hemorrhage, showed the safety and effectiveness of rFVII in VLBW infants; however no randomised controlled trials have been published so far. As outlined above, bleeding complications are still a major problem in extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants and coagulation abnormalities are associated with bleeding. Up to now, only data about early and single screening exist and coagulation monitoring with multiple blood sampling was not applied.
In neonatal practice, coagulation abnormality in preterm babies is primarily investigated by measuring prothrombin time (PT). In fact, FVII activity, which is an important determinant of PT, is strongly associated with bleeding risk. Thus, a method to measure PT with small volume samples (10μL) provides the possibility for serial monitoring even in ELBW infants.
Substitution of FFP seemed beneficial in ELBW infants and first trials with rFVII revealed promising results in this patient population. Thus, coagulation monitoring might lead to early and adequate therapy and therefore to better outcome.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01976013
|Medical University of Vienna|
|Vienna, Austria, 1090|
|Principal Investigator:||Nadja Haiden, MD||Medical University Vienna|